Proverbs 18
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1  He that separateth himself seeketh his own desire, and snarlest against all sound wisdom.

א  לְתַאֲוָה יְבַקֵּשׁ נִפְרָד בְּכָל תּוּשִׁיָּה יִתְגַּלָּע.

2  A fool hath no delight in understanding, but only that his heart may lay itself bare.

ב  לֹא יַחְפֹּץ כְּסִיל בִּתְבוּנָה כִּי אִם בְּהִתְגַּלּוֹת לִבּוֹ.

3  When the wicked cometh, there cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.

ג  בְּבוֹא רָשָׁע בָּא גַם בּוּז וְעִם קָלוֹן חֶרְפָּה.

4  The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters; a flowing brook, a fountain of wisdom.

ד  מַיִם עֲמֻקִּים דִּבְרֵי פִי אִישׁ נַחַל נֹבֵעַ מְקוֹר חָכְמָה.

5  It is not good to respect the person of the wicked, so as to turn aside the righteous in judgment.

ה  שְׂאֵת פְּנֵי רָשָׁע לֹא טוֹב לְהַטּוֹת צַדִּיק בַּמִּשְׁפָּט.

6  A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.

ו  שִׂפְתֵי כְסִיל יָבֹאוּ בְרִיב וּפִיו לְמַהֲלֻמוֹת יִקְרָא.

7  A fool’s mouth is his ruin, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

ז  פִּי כְסִיל מְחִתָּה לוֹ וּשְׂפָתָיו מוֹקֵשׁ נַפְשׁוֹ.

8  The words of a whisperer are as dainty morsels, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

ח  דִּבְרֵי נִרְגָּן כְּמִתְלַהֲמִים וְהֵם יָרְדוּ חַדְרֵי בָטֶן.

9  Even one that is slack in his work is brother to him that is a destroyer.

ט  גַּם מִתְרַפֶּה בִמְלַאכְתּוֹ אָח הוּא לְבַעַל מַשְׁחִית.

10  The name of Hashem is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is set up on high.

י  מִגְדַּל עֹז שֵׁם יְהוָה בּוֹ יָרוּץ צַדִּיק וְנִשְׂגָּב.

11  The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and as a high wall in his own conceit.

יא  הוֹן עָשִׁיר קִרְיַת עֻזּוֹ וּכְחוֹמָה נִשְׂגָּבָה בְּמַשְׂכִּתוֹ.

12  Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty, and before honour goeth humility.

יב  לִפְנֵי שֶׁבֶר יִגְבַּהּ לֶב אִישׁ וְלִפְנֵי כָבוֹד עֲנָוָה.

13  He that giveth answer before he heareth, it is folly and confusion unto him.

יג  מֵשִׁיב דָּבָר בְּטֶרֶם יִשְׁמָע אִוֶּלֶת הִיא לוֹ וּכְלִמָּה.

14  The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a broken spirit who can bear?

יד  רוּחַ אִישׁ יְכַלְכֵּל מַחֲלֵהוּ וְרוּחַ נְכֵאָה מִי יִשָּׂאֶנָּה.

15  The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

טו  לֵב נָבוֹן יִקְנֶה דָּעַת וְאֹזֶן חֲכָמִים תְּבַקֶּשׁ דָּעַת.

16  A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.

טז  מַתָּן אָדָם יַרְחִיב לוֹ וְלִפְנֵי גְדֹלִים יַנְחֶנּוּ.

17  He that pleadeth his cause first seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him out.

יז  צַדִּיק הָרִאשׁוֹן בְּרִיבוֹ יבא (וּבָא ) רֵעֵהוּ וַחֲקָרוֹ.

18  The lot causeth strife to cease, and parteth asunder the contentious.

יח  מִדְיָנִים יַשְׁבִּית הַגּוֹרָל וּבֵין עֲצוּמִים יַפְרִיד.

19  A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city; and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.

יט  אָח נִפְשָׁע מִקִּרְיַת עֹז ומדונים (וּמִדְיָנִים) כִּבְרִיחַ אַרְמוֹן.

20  A man’s belly shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; with the increase of his lips shall he be satisfied.

כ  מִפְּרִי פִי אִישׁ תִּשְׂבַּע בִּטְנוֹ תְּבוּאַת שְׂפָתָיו יִשְׂבָּע.

21  Death and life are in the power of the tongue; and they that indulge it shall eat the fruit thereof.

כא  מָוֶת וְחַיִּים בְּיַד לָשׁוֹן וְאֹהֲבֶיהָ יֹאכַל פִּרְיָהּ.

22  Whoso findeth a wife findeth a great good, and obtaineth favour of Hashem.

ma-TZA i-SHAH MA-tza tov va-YA-fek ra-TZON may-a-do-NAI.

כב  מָצָא אִשָּׁה מָצָא טוֹב וַיָּפֶק רָצוֹן מֵיְהוָה.

18:22   Whoso findeth a wife findeth a great good

This verse is a parallel to the verse in which God says, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him” (Genesis 2:18). God wants man to find a wife who will serve as a partner in life. When he does, God will bless that union, as it fulfils His will. The Hebrew word for man is ‘eesh’ (איש) and the word for woman is ‘ishah’ (אשה). The two words share two out of three Hebrew letters, א and ש. The other two letters, י and ה, spell one of the names of God. The Sages teach that when man and woman work together and unite in marriage, the presence of the Lord resides with them.

Comment

23  The poor useth entreaties; but the rich answereth impudently.

כג  תַּחֲנוּנִים יְדַבֶּר רָשׁ וְעָשִׁיר יַעֲנֶה עַזּוֹת.

24  There are friends that one hath to his own hurt; but there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

כד  אִישׁ רֵעִים לְהִתְרֹעֵעַ וְיֵשׁ אֹהֵב דָּבֵק מֵאָח.

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  • Proverbs 18:21 is one of my favorites. I like to point it out to my children. I need to take heed as well. This is so important to remember when we deal with others.

  • Proverbs 18:22 is my favorite, imagine being one, wife and husband, brings you in the presence of the Lord.

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Proverbs 18